We usually only hear about spinal cord injuries on the news, maybe when we see a story about a major crash. However, if you ever need a spinal cord injury attorney, we are here to help.
At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we understand that these injuries are severe and that you need help. If another person was responsible for the incident that caused your injury, we want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve so you can focus on recovering.
What Can Happen?
Spinal cord injuries are much more complicated than most people realize. One of the main points we want to touch on today is that these injuries can consume the lives of not just the victims, but their entire families as well.
- Spinal cord injuries are life-altering.
According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, there are approximately 288,000 people in the US living with disabilities from spinal cord injuries. Each year, there are around 18,000 new cases.
How do these incidents happen?
We know that the primary causes of spinal cord injuries are:
- Vehicle accidents (38.3%)
- falls (31.6%)
- violence (13.8%)
- sports and recreation incidents (8.2%)
- medical or surgical mistakes (4.6%)
- other (3.5%)
When most people think of a spinal cord injury, they usually think of complete paralysis of all limbs. This is called complete quadriplegia. However, there are varying levels of paralysis that a person can experience. They can lose function of just their lower limbs or have partial paralysis of all or lower limbs.
The cost of treating these injuries varies depending on the severity. Medically, the first-year costs range from $359,000 to over $1.1 million. Every year of care after the first year can range from $43,000 to $191,000.
Please know that the medical costs are only the beginning of the total cost of a spinal cord injury. A family will likely have to pay for modifications to their home and vehicle, special equipment needed to help with mobility, and travel to treatment facilities. A spinal cord injury victim will likely lose their income, further straining a family’s finances.
The emotional and psychological damages that a victim and their family will experience are incalculable.
You Do Have Options
Spinal cord injuries are one of the most severe things that can happen to a person. If you or a loved one have suffered a spinal cord injury due to the negligence or carelessness of another person, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we understand that these injuries can become incredibly costly, which is why we will work to secure the following:
- Coverage of your medical bills (including future treatments, medical devices, home and vehicle accommodations, etc.)
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against the person responsible